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Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
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Dec 14, 2011

it was amazing

The sixth installment in the adventures of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, impatiently awaited and worth the wait. This one has a more thoughtful tone than the others, since it hinges on everyone waiting to see when Alfred the Great will die, and whether they will be able to survive the attack that will surely come from the Danes afterward. Their best hope of keeping Alfred's fragile kingdom together is Uhtred, but will Alfred's young successor trust him? Uhtred snaps and snarls and swears at priests, delightfully crochety as ever, but Alfred's impending death and his own advancing years (he is startled to find his beard gray, and has to admit that at forty-five he is officially old) have given Uhtred a more elegiac bent. Old or not, Uhtred can still swing and chop in the shield wall with the best of them, and Cornwell's battle scenes are as good as ever. Alfred's daughter Aethelflaed is a welcome sidekick, the only woman with enough steel in her spine to keep up with Uhtred, and the subplot with Uhtred's children is growing more interesting by the book. A strong chapter in the tales of Uhtred, though I have to wonder if he's ever going to go north and retake his castle as he's been threatening since Book 1?
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